Medical Officers of the Malta Garrison Davidge John
699 Surgeon Major John Davidge
LRSCI (1856) 4 Oct 1831 [Clonmellon Ireland] – 23 Oct 1917 [Hove]
Brigade Surgeon John Davidge took the diploma of the LRCSI in 1856 and entered the Army Medical Department as an assistant surgeon in August 1858. He served in the North East Frontier of India, in the Bhutan Expedition of 1865–1866, when he had the medical charge of the Royal Artillery from March 1865 to April 1866. He was awarded the medal with clasp.
Brigade Surgeon John Davidge was also in the Egyptian Expedition of 1882 and received the Egypt Medal 1882–1889 and the Khedive Bronze Star 1882.
He retired with the honorary rank of Deputy Surgeon General in October 1886. He died at Hove on 23 October 1917, aged 86 years.
Service Record — John Davidge
5 Aug 1858 Staff Assistant Surgeon.
10 Sept 1858 Promoted Assistant Surgeon 26th (The Cameronians) Regiment of Foot, vice Assistant Surgeon William Fleming Cullen 26th Regiment. Cullen moved to fill the vacancy left on the Staff, by the promotion of Staff Assistant Surgeon Henry Cole Peppin, as Assistant Surgeon 2nd Foot. On 13 October 1858, Gentleman Joseph Vavasour Lane was commissioned Staff Assistant Surgeon vice Davidge.
24 May 1861 Appointed Staff Assistant Surgeon from 26th Foot vice Staff Assistant Surgeon Henry Lamb who was placed on half-pay. On duty at Pembroke.
1862–1864 On duty in Bengal.
20 Sept 1864 Appointed Assistant Surgeon Royal Artillery. Served with 25th Bde (Bengal). 7th Bde (Home) and 9th Bde (India).
Mar 1865–Apr 1866 Served in the Bhutan Campaign in medical charge of the Royal Artillery.
1 Mar 1873 Promoted Surgeon.
1 Apr 1873 Promoted Surgeon Major. Moved from the Royal Artillery to the Medical Staff Madras.
4 Oct 1886 Granted retired pay with the honorary rank of Deputy Surgeon General having completed 23 years' full-pay service. The vacancy of Brigade Surgeon was filled by Surgeon–Major Charles Henry Young Godwin.
1886–1887 At Brecon.
1889–1896 At Bull Point Plymouth.
Drew R., 1968. Entry No: 5757. Medical Officers in the British Army 1660 – 1960. Volume 1: 1660 – 1898. London: Wellcome Historical Medical Library.
RAMC/PE/3/27/Drew. Manuscript for Drew's Roll.
Succession Book Vol 11. Returns of service of medical officers in the Regular Army.
Naval and Military Medical Services Br Med J (1885), 357 (Published 14 February 1885).
Naval and Military Medical Services Br Med J (1885), 570 (Published 14 March 1885).
Naval and Military Medical Services Br Med J (1886), 844 (Published 30 October 1886).
Naval and Military Medical Services Br Med J (1886), 1002 (Published 20 November 1886).
Obituary Br Med J (1917); 675 (Published 17 November 1917).